Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today unfurled the national flag at the Mahatma Gandhi Marg here on the occasion of 71st Independence Day.
He later received salute at the state-level parade. Around 54 troupes, including school and college students, participated in the march-past. Besides, a police platoon of Telangana and the newly-formed Odisha Police troop — the Swift Action Force – participated in the march-past.
However, Patnaik reportedly felt unwell while addressing the gathering and was seen slowing down towards the end of his speech.
Sources said, the CM did not feel well due to humidity. However, he will attend all his programmes today as scheduled.
“We are celebrating 200 years of Paika Rebellion this year. This was the first struggle for independence against British rule. I pay homage to Buxi Jagabandhu and other paikas on this occasion,” Patnaik said.
“Odisha has strengthened its position in the history of country’s development. Poverty has reduced by 25 per cent through various programmes of our government. The state is at leading position in poverty alleviation. I believe that poverty can be completely eliminated from Odisha by 2036, on the occasion of completion of 100 years of formation of separate state,” he added.
“Today when we celebrate our independence, we salute the great sons of the soil and gain inspiration from their ideals, values and selfless devotion to the motherland. They lived and fought to the last breath for the dream of a free, progressive and prosperous India. On this day, let us recall their invaluable contribution to the Nation and work towards making their dreams come true. Together we will take our state and country to the heights of development with peace, prosperity and inclusive growth,” the CM wrote on Facebook.